Some weeks the blogs I read mirror my own preoccupations, serving as a kind of virtual mood-ring if you will. This week, several posts addressing different aspects of professionalism caught my cast of mind exactly:
Bongi admitted to giving in to professional aggression once provoked by an overstepping radiologist. I can't blame him for the big Put Down.
Ramona went the extra mile to ensure a patient didn't have to pay extra money out of pocket. One thing Dr. Bates did not mention in her post is that she didn't make a dime for all her thoughtful efforts.
Dr. Happy reported the unexpected pleasure of discovering a thorough job done by a consulting surgeon. I like to do small things to help out my physician colleagues, and I like it even better when these favors are returned.
Liana at Med Valley High spoke out against rude, can't-be-bothered consultants. Remember: there are no dumb questions, only bad teachers who would rather degrade the questioner than inform their mind.
Buckeye Surgeon wrote about a case of premature designation of comfort care. The decision to withdraw care is one which should be made after close discussion with all of the consulting physicians. On the flip side, I don't think a consultant should undermine a well-informed decision to present comfort care as an option to a patient's family.
Professionalism demands respect in return. Emergiblog's Kim spelled out her expectations for ER etiquette.
An example of professionalism: keeping a straight face when you see some of the strange things doctors see, such as:
- Cauliflower ears (h/t/ to Suture for a Living)
- Concealed weapons (thank you for the important safety tip, Dr. Shadowfax)
- Unidentified rectal accessories, later revealed to be a common workshop item (another cocktail party icebreaker from Shadowfax)
And, since doctors have been known to snarl about hospital administration's budget decisions, let Paul Levy's thoughtful analysis of the revenue/cost scenario at BIDMC be a reminder that we're all working on the same side here.
Let's be good to each other, people. It's a jungle out there.